Department of Defense Issues Guidelines to Personnel on Coronavirus
Updated March 19 - Click here for Stop Movement guidance from MyPERS
Updated March 18 - New policy guidelines from DeCA, click here for more information
Updated March 13: The Secretary of Defense has issued a memorandum in relation to the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). The memorandum applies to all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their family members not under the responsibility of a U.S. Chief of Mission. One of the main points states as: Effective March 13, 2020, all DoD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family members traveling to, from, or through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health notices Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations will stop movement for the next 60 Days. This includes, PCS, TDY, and Government Funded Leave. Do Not Travel Locations as follows: Mainland China, Iran, Daegu South Korea, and Italy. More locations and updates as follows can be found on the Department of State Guide for COVID-19 at this link below.
January 30: The Department of Defense has issued guidance to personnel aimed at reducing the potential threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
"I approved a directive apprising our forces about precautions they should take, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the virus," said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. "The Department of Defense continues to work closely with our interagency partners as we monitor the situation and protect our service members and their families, which is my highest priority."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also adjusted their travel advisory, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. This outbreak is of high-risk to travelers and there are no precautions available to protect against the identified increased threat.
DOD officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, China, and is closely coordinating with our interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and all appropriate measures are taken to prevent potential spread.
We encourage all DOD personnel to follow the attached guidance, as well asthe CDC guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), and take precautions to stay healthy. Information from the Department of State can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html
Force Health Protection Guidance for the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
*The COVID19 Medical Hotline will be available daily from 0800 to 1700 and may be reached by dialing DSN 226-8556 or Commercial 01638528556*
Updated May 8:
- Click here for the May 8 PCS Town Hall transcript
Updated April 24:
- Click here for the April 24 PCS/TMO/HHG Town Hall transcript
Updated April 11:
- Click here for the April 10 Town Hall transcript.
Updated April 6:
- Click here to see the new guidance on face masks.
Updated April 2:
- Click here for information on cleaning-product safety.
Updated March 27:
- Click here for the transcript from the RAF Mildenhall Civilian Town Hall on Wednesday, March 26.
Updated March 21:
- Click here for information on the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall
Updated March 18:
- Click here for information on what to do if you’ve traveled through a level 3 country or think you are experiencing symptoms
- Schools, youth center, child development center closure update:
Although there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 at RAF Lakenheath, Mildenhall or Feltwell, out of an abundance of caution, RAF Lakenheath schools (Lakenheath Elementary School, Lakenheath Middle School, Lakenheath High School, Liberty Intermediate School and Feltwell Elementary School) will be closed starting at 11 a.m. Friday (March 20). A digital learning plan will begin Wednesday, March 25, and parents will receive additional information from school administrators.
The Youth Center and Child Development Centers will operate as normal for the rest of this week, but will be closed beginning 23 March to best look after the health and well-being of all our family members. This includes closure of all youth intramurals and instructional classes.
We will continue to evaluate and prioritize impacts to our Team Mildenhall community while also ensuring we can successfully execute our mission.
For more information on UK schools, please see the following:
Updated March 16:
- As per 100th ARW Commander, travel to London is prohibited. See RAFM Travel Restriction Memo for further information
- United Kingdom and Ireland are now Center for Disease and Control (CDC) Level 3.
We are currently in HPCON-B. Please take protective measures as stated.
In an effort to implement increased Force Health Protection measures, all non-essential travel to all locations with a Centers for Disease Control Threat Level 3 or higher restricted for all military personnel, civilians, and families effective immediately. Furthermore, Public Health England has updated Italy to a Risk Category I which requires all travelers, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms, to self-isolate for fourteen days upon return.
Mission critical/essential travel must be approved by the 3rd Air Force Commander. Please plan trips accordingly and properly consider the associated risks involved.
As we continue to monitor the situation updated guidance will be provided through Public Affairs, the Bloody Hundredth App, and your chain of command.
If you have symptoms, contact your primary care provider (48 MDG appointment line at 01638 52 8010/DSN 226-8010 if you receive care there, or dial NHS 111).
*Note* Guidance may vary by unit. Contact your chain of command for further information.
Updated March 19 - Click here for definitions of containment, quarantine, isolation and social distancing
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Given the current Coronavirus situation, Public Health recommends that any individual with flu like symptoms (listed below) stay home and not attend school/work if possible to help prevent the spread of any sickness. Additionally, please ensure proper precautions are used such as social distancing, hand washing, and proper cough etiquette. It is recommended that common surfaces/objects be sanitized twice a day with Clorox or bleach solution.
- Shortness of breath
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
If you are a Tricare beneficiary, you can sign up for email updates on TRICARE-specific #COVID19 here.
Updated March 19 - Click here for information on official traveling during current conditions
All DoD uniformed members, civilians, and families traveling to, from, or through level 3 countries will stop movement for the next 60 days. See link below for level 3 countries:
If traveling outside the UK or US, consult with Public Health (DSN 226-8777) to obtain travel medicine advice and services, and enroll in the US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/) to ensure you get travel advisories and alerts.
Do not travel to any location without consulting with your unit Antiterrorism Representative (ATR) or Public Health Officials.
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